5 Intriguing Names In The New Class

The University of Temple is cringeworthy, but KBS is already here. 

One of the reasons why you don’t see Group of Five teams having the same kind of sustained success that say, Alabama, Clemson and Georgia have, is illustrated perfectly by what happened to Temple football this year and far too many years.

Coaching change interrupts any recruiting momentum and that is felt not necessarily the next year but three or four years down the road.


Got to love the Temple Love in this photo by the KBS family

While Temple can and probably will have a good year in 2019, the 2021 season might be the most impacted by the Owls bagging only 18 recruits. According to Scout.com, their recruiting class completed on Wednesday is ranked 102d.

That’s bad for a Sun Belt or a MAC school. It’s terrible for an AAC school.

Still, that doesn’t mean there is a lack of talent in this group. Nobody here can tell you who among this group will be a star but I’ve always been from the school of thought that the best predictor for future success is measured in past success and, based on that criterion alone, here are the five most talented guys:

Kennique Bonner Steward QB 6-3 215 Huntersville, N.C. William A. Hough _  OK, going to say it right now, this guy is going to be The Man on campus after Anthony Russo and Trad Beatty. He throws the ball on a dime and has the kind of escapability past Rod Carey quarterbacks have possessed and he has excelled on the big stage as shown by this big Hough High victory.
M.J. Griffin DB 6-1 189 Ypsilanti, Mich. Saline. _ Any time a Temple commit gets Power 5 offers, that has to open some eyes and that’s certainly the case with Griffin. Part of the reason he chose Temple was that he’s from a city and loves the city environment.

Edward Saydee ATH 5-11 189 Philadelphia, Pa. William Penn Charter _ Reminds me a little of Bernard Pierce coming out of Glen Mills and that’s high praise indeed. Has good vision once he hits the hole and appears to be the same kind of one-cut runner Pierce was. More importantly, his measurables are Pierce-like (Bernard was 6-0, 180 out of high school with a 10.8 in the 100-meters and Edward is 5-11, 189 with the same 10.8.)
Kwesi Evans WR 6-3 198 Parkville, Md. St. Frances Academy _  Nobody knows Evans better than new Temple running backs’ coach Gabe Infante. The national high school coach of the year needed an act of God (literally) to complete an unbeaten state championship season due to lightning with six minutes left in the third quarter. St. Frances was up, 13-7 when the game was called. No other high school team came within 20 points of the Philadelphia squad all year. For St. Frances, Evans caught a touchdown pass in that game.

Wisdom Quarshie DL 6-3 310 Sicklerville, N.J. St. Joseph (Hammonton) _ Because of a need for depth on the defensive line, a player like Quarshie with his size and toughness has a chance to get snaps right away.

As exciting as it will be to see the above players develop, keep an eye on a wide receiver named Joshua Youngblood at Kansas State. He was a solid Temple commit until Geoff Collins left and waivered when Manny Diaz came in and was lost completely when Carey arrived and succumbed to a late effort by Kansas State. This kid in my mind will become a big-time star but that’s life in the G5 when coaching changes happen every couple of years.

Tuesday: A Trade That Elton Brand Would Be Proud to Make

Thursday: Delving Into The Schedule

Saturday: A New Lease on Life For Some Owls

Monday (2/18): The Real Pitchers and Catchers

9 thoughts on “5 Intriguing Names In The New Class

  1. Thought the 82-28 drubbing of Bucknell was in 1968, but from the other site, it appears to be at Bucknell’s homecoming in 1966. Is that correct? Having seen too many losses to them at Temple Stadium, I sure would love to see us sock it to them in next season’s opener and keep the Old Shoe at Temple. I think we won the last three games of that series,when it ceased, but they have a big margin on us. Dick White

      • Hi hope temple made the right choice in this football coach not like the basketball coach that’s been there way too long and they will pay the price for a next guy that takes over temple basketball because this guy is terrible might be a nice guy but like you said Mike nice guys finish last

  2. I still can’t believe that TU opens with Bucknell. Thought the game for the Old Leather Shoe Trophy died decades ago. Anyway, the kid in the video needs some tweaking on his throwing motion. Too long a windup.

  3. I know Bucknell took the game for the money but this game could ruin their entire season given the disparity in size, speed, and talent. Injuries are sure to occur. Bucknell was one and ten last year and lost to those football powerhouses Georgetown, Sacred Heart and Monmouth. (Nova beat em 49-7). ( Looking at it another way, how much worse could their season be in comparison to last year). Del State was Alabama in comparison and that game was over in four minutes. This one should take two. The only bright spot is that under the new rules redshirts can play and not lose the redshirt or eligibility. Therefore, Carey will be able to rest his starters and get the subs some experience. By the way, wish the Owls were playing there because they play in Christy Mathewson–Memorial Stadium. Lewisburg is a great little town. Mathewson, who went on the baseball immortality, was an All-American kicker at Bucknell. Who knew?

  4. Well then, Temple SHOULD score 100 this time, huh? lol. We’ll see…..

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